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Plain English diploma

Our plain English diploma gives you an excellent grounding in our techniques. It’s a qualification that sets a precedent. If you have one, it gives you the authority you may need to persuade others in your organisation to write clearly. Additionally, you will be in a great position to pass on legitimate expertise. And you will have earned a widely-respected accreditation from the world’s number one plain language organisation.

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The right side of the law

We’ve teamed up with West Mercia Police to help them rewrite their ‘missing person – risk assessment’ questionnaire.

In West Mercia there are on average around 6500 missing person reports opened up each year. The clarity of the questionnaire is absolutely crucial – it should now be that little bit easier to read.

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Football gobbledygook generator

You may be familiar with how football managers, players and pundits talk about the game. If so, the football gobbledygook generator will provide you with many examples of the kinds of nonsense they regularly produce.

If you’re not familiar with football jargon, try the generator anyway. See if you can make sense of a typical post-match comment – we doubt it!

Either way, we hope the new gobbledygook generator provides you with a bit of fun – and a reminder of what to expect at about five o’clock on a Saturday.

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Updated web site

We have updated our website - we hope you find it easier to use.

If you find something that doesn't work, or can't find what you are looking for, please email us on info@plainenglish.co.uk.

Jobbledygook

How often have you read a job advertisement and wondered ‘what do they want, exactly?’

Jobs-market jargon may even have turned you away from a potential appointment. The Daily Telegraph’s Sophie Jamieson has provided a guide, and a quiz, to help you understand some of the terminology.

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Yes Prime Minister?

The Prime Minister has urged all civil servants to use plain English when providing information to ministers.

David Cameron, in a letter circulated on 16 July, strongly recommends all officials remain clear in their written communication.

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Banks blasted by watchdog

The FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) has gone after banks once again.

In yet another unsurprising blast, the FCA suggests that banks and other finance companies use too much unreadable jargon in their small print.

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Digital jargon

The Government Digital Service (GDS) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have teamed up to make sure digital service contracts are written in plain English.

The GDS announced their collaboration with CCS in a blog post. The two have joined forces to help get rid of complex terms and inconsistent, unclear content in the contracts.

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